Jean Lievens: Baltimore 2.0 – How Millenials and Sharing Economy are Transforming the Way Cities Function

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Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

Baltimore 2.0: How the millennial generation and a new “sharing economy” are transforming the way cities function

Something about the empty driveway next to his off-campus house in Georgetown always bugged Nick Miller. But he couldn’t quite put his finger on it.


Today, Parking Panda, which receives a cut of all transactions, makes locating and reserving a parking spot as easy as purchasing a seat online at Center Stage or Camden Yards.

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Rather than dropping a couple hundred dollars on an impersonal hotel for a few of nights, he finds an inexpensive room he likes—and maybe interesting hosts—online via Airbnb, which enables almost anyone to turn their home or apartment into a B&B by renting a spare bedroom. Instead of wasting money on a rental car that will mostly sit idle, he’ll go to his smartphone to hook up with a Zipcar, hop a ride with a Lyft driver, or tap Uber’s taxi-on-demand app. In D.C., he might use the city’s massive bike-sharing program.

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